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Local Author Explores Agroterrorism

11/27/2007 12:00 AM

Many think of terrorism in terms of large-scale acts of violence inflicted on large populations. But author and TEEX Training Manager Jason Moats says terrorism can take on a much more stealthy and sinister shape in the form of agroterrorism.

At a lecture and book signing Tuesday night at Barnes & Noble in College Station, Moats introduced his new book Agroterrorism: A Guide for First Responders. Moats said two elements make agriculture vulnerable: ease of attack and target of opportunity.

As far as what you can do to protect your family, Moats said keep your eyes open. "What the average person can do is be aware of what's going on around you," he said. "We've heard all that before, but it's really true. Be aware of your surroundings.

Moats says the main goal of agroterrorists isn't killing people. Instead, it's to disrupt the economy.

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